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August 13, 2005

Fourth Most Liberal City


Okay, these lists of most whatever cities are meaningless publicity stunts for the organizations that compile the lists, but what the hell. The Bay Area Center for Voting Research has studied “voting patterns” (could they be a little more vague?) of the 237 US cities with populations over 100,000 and ranked them from most liberal to most conservative. The center apparently doesn’t have anyone who knows HTML well enough to put up the lists as web pages rather than Microsoft Word documents, but here are the top 10 on each side:

Most Liberal Most Conservative
  1. Detroit, Michigan
  2. Gary, Indiana
  3. Berkeley, California
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Oakland, California
  6. Inglewood, California
  7. Newark, New Jersey
  8. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  9. San Francisco, California
  10. Flint, Michigan
  1. Provo, Utah
  2. Lubbock, Texas
  3. Abilene, Texas
  4. Hialeah, Florida
  5. Plano, Texas
  6. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  7. Gilbert, Arizona
  8. Bakersfield, California
  9. Lafayette, Louisiana
  10. Orange, California

Berkeley I can understand, but are we really less liberal than Detroit and Gary?

Of the ten most liberal cities, only three currently have Drinking Liberally chapters: DC, Cambridge, and San Francisco, in order, so we’re the most liberal city with a DL chapter (woo-hoo!). None of the ten most conservative cities has a DL chapter, though they’re the ones most in need of it.

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